Runners from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to compete in the Boston Marathon this month, the race organizers said on Wednesday — another example of the countries’ deepening isolation over the invasion of Ukraine.
“Like so many around the world, we are horrified and outraged by what we have seen and learned from the reporting in Ukraine,” Tom Grilk, chief of the Boston Athletic Association, which runs the marathon, said in a statement. “We believe that running is a global sport, and as such, we must do what we can to show our support to the people of Ukraine.”
Citizens of Russia and Belarus who are residents of other countries will still be allowed to take part.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the cooperation of Belarus, has led to both Russia and Belarus being barred from a growing list of international cultural and sporting events, in addition to the economic and diplomatic penalties they have faced.